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BLOG: Clyde-Eastmoor will resonate

Mark Hazelwood • Nov 12, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Anytime a team loses in the playoffs in close fashion, it makes a long offseason even longer.

But in Clyde's case, Friday's 14-12 loss to Columbus Eastmoor Academy in a second-round Division III playoff game will be one that is kicked around and second-guessed for months.

(For more photos from this game, see pixboard.fandy.com)

The Warriors (10-2) did an excellent job of forcing the Fliers (9-3) into a throwing team by shutting down Brad Smith (18 attempts, 46 yards). Clyde had just 80 attempts for less than 600 yards passing through 11 games, so forcing Ryan Meyer to throw 21 times played right into Eastmoor’s hands (two interceptions, three if you count a conversion pass).

But an unfortunate set of circumstances that Clyde had no control of is the real salt in the wound as the season ends. A PAT attempt to make it a 14-7 deficit for the Fliers with 16 minutes left was wiped off the board due to a deadball encroachment penalty on Eastmoor.

Forced to kick again with no option of declining the penalty, Alex Medley’s kick was blocked. When Clyde scored a second touchdown with 7:43 left, it was forced to go for two points, which failed. Judging by Medley’s season-long numbers, there was an 81 percent chance he tied the game at 14, which leaves Clyde with the ‘what if’ factor entering the offseason.

The Fliers lose just 12 seniors and will bring back key pieces like Smith, Bennett Brown, Thomas Glick and Paul Cullen to name a few.

Wondering over a made PAT that was wiped off the board due to a penalty on the other team in a 2-point playoff game will be plenty of motivation to pass by what will be a long winter.

For the full game story, see Saturday's Sandusky Register.

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